From Recycling Today: A Growing Right-to-Repair Movement

Thanks to Alex Kamczyc and Recycling Today, December 23, 2021, for a year-end summary of the right-to-repair movement’s impact on electronics recycling, legislation and regulations:

The information technology asset disposition (ITAD) industry is growing, just like the e-scrap it seeks to refurbish or recycle. More than 53.6 million tons of e-scrap were generated internationally in 2019 and 17.4 percent of that was recycled, according to the United Nations.

However, those numbers could change in the future as the right-to-repair movement, which encourages consumers to fix their own devices, continues to grow in the United States. The movement has become so popular that state and federal lawmakers and some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) support it.

“People should have access to the tools, information and parts needed to repair their devices,” says Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, an ITAD support company for people looking to repair their own devices. “Back in the day, that used to be normal. If you bought a television, you could go to a shop or repair it yourself.”

As legislators and OEMs begin to support the movement, ITAD professionals weigh in on its impact on the industry.

Read the full article at Recycling Today. 

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Neil Seldman, Ph.D, directs the Waste to Wealth Initiative. He specializes in helping cities and businesses recover increasing amounts of materials from the waste stream and add value to the local economy through new processing and manufacturing facilities. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.